WHAT IS DAMP PROOFING?
Damp proofing is the generic term typically used to describe the installation of preventative measures to stop damp problems such as rising damp, penetrating damp, condensation and dry rot.
Damp walls can damage fixtures and fittings in your property, leave unsightly marks on paint and wallpaper and cause structural damage to timber and masonry. Damp problems that are not treated have the potential to cause more serious conditions such as wet rot and dry rot in the future.
To speak to a damp specialist, contact Wise Property Care today or complete our contact form and we will organise for our local damp team to contact you. You can also continue to read this page for help and advice on identifying and treating damp on interior walls.
WHAT CAUSES DAMP IN A PROPERTY?
To help you identify the different kinds of damp that can occur within properties and the damp treatments that are available, we have compiled a handy list below:
Rising damp is a well known but relatively rare cause of damp problems. If rising damp is the root of your damp problem, you will spot signs such as tide marks up to a meter from the ground floor of your property, white salt marks and walls that will be damp to touch.
CONDENSATION AND MOULD
Condensation is the most common cause of damp and often the most simple to treat. The most common signs of condensation are excess moisture on and around your windows and black mould growing on walls and ceilings. Almost all condensation problems can be rectified by improving ventilation.
Penetrating damp is often caused by issues such as leaks, cracks, faulty roofing and overflowing drains. If your property is exposed to wind driven rain this also increases the chances of penetrating damp. The most common signs of penetrating damp are damp patches on further up the wall.
DAMP IN BASEMENTS AND CELLARS
Damp in basements and cellars is caused by water ingress from earth retaining walls. Because damp proofing walls below ground level requires very particular materials and expertise, Wise Property Care has a specialist division, Wise Basement Systems, that deals specifically in damp basements, cellars.
LEARN MORE ABOUT DAMP PROOFING
Want to know how to treat a damp problem? Or are you unsure about the particular damp issue you have? Our pages about damp treatment and damp surveys will let you know what Wise Property Care can do for your property and what to expect when we arrive.
Want to know how to treat a damp problem? Check out our guide to damp treatments and how we would go about resolving a damp issue.
Still unsure about the particular damp issue you have? Need some help? Contact Wise Property Care for a no obligation damp survey.
SPEAK TO A DAMP PROOFING EXPERT
With any damp problems, it is important to correctly identify the damp issue you have before going ahead with a form of damp proofing treatment. It can be very costly if a damp problem is misdiagnosed and the wrong treatment has been applied.
If you are unsure, call Wise Property Care today or fill in the form below and we will arrange for one of our specialists to visit your property at a time convenient for yourself. With our expert service and 20 year property repair guarantee, your damp problems will soon be over.